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CdV P081 Untold special

In a recent interview Jack Dunning aka English producer Untold said that “having intense experiences with music that you don’t quite understand” was the way in which music moved forward. As well as being a sound philosophy (sic) it is also an apt description of his recent album “Black light spiral” released on his own Hemlock Recordings label, which defies description with its combination of dystopian urban pressure, genreless beat arrangements and untethered futuristic vision. Untold’s career has also taken an unpredictable path, assuming elements of dubstep, techno, industrial and experiemental into a singular identity. This week on Cabeza de Vaca we make the message the meaning and have our own intense experience with some of Untold’s recent work to see where music might go.

 

CdV P081: Especial de Untold

En una reciente entrevista Jack Dunning el productor Inglés también conocido como Untold dijo que “tener experiencias intensas con música que no se entiende muy bien”, fue la forma en que la música se adelantó. Además de ser una sana filosofía también es una buena descripción de su reciente álbum “Black light spiral”, lanzado en su propio sello Hemlock Recordings, que desafía la descripción con su combinación de la presión urbana distópica, los arreglos de ritmo sin genero y una visión futurista sin ataduras . La carrera de Untold también ha tomado un camino errático, asumiendo elementos del dubstep, techno, industrial y experiemental en una identidad singular. Esta semana en Cabeza de Vaca seguimos su filosofía y tenemos nuestra propia experiencia intensa con algunos de los trabajos recientes de Untold para ver donde la música pudiera irse.

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CdV P080 Kassem Mosse special

Gunnar Wendel aka Kassem Mosse has always been an understated figure in electronic music. He has been quietly leading the line for years, being one of the pioneers who ushered in the recent wave of dirty sounding house long before it was fashionable. But his sound has always been distinct, combining a nonchalant and languid pace with exquisite arrangements and a lot of subtle percussive detail that recedes deep into the mix. This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we explore his new untitled album on Workshop and his back catalogue as well as some of his peers who also adopt uncommon house forms.

 

CdV P080: Especial de Kassem Mosse

 

Gunnar Wendel alias Kassem Mosse siempre ha sido una figura discreta en la música electrónica. Él ha estado llevando la línea en silencio por años, siendo uno de los pioneros que marcó el comienzo de la reciente ola de house con un sonido sucio antes de que estuviera de moda. Pero su sonido siempre ha sido distinta, combinando un ritmo indolente y lánguida con arreglos exquisitos y un montón de detalles de percusión sutil que se aleja de profundidad en la mezcla. Esta semana en Cabeza de Vaca y Scanner FM exploramos su nuevo disco sin título en el sello Workshop y su discografía y además algunos de sus compañeros que también adoptan formas poco comunes en house.

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CdV P079 Perc special

Sometimes Perc still feels like a new artist, but it is easy to forget that his rise to prominence has taken a decade of hard work, perseverance and risks. The north London-based artist has recently delivered his second genre defining album “The power and the glory” which mixes blatant experimentalism with crunchy and battering rhythms without being afraid to make political comment and keep the mind as well as the body occupied. Ali Wells’s label Perc Trax and his new sublabel Submit have also become powerful strongholds of the modern industrial techno sound alongside newcomers Fifth Wall Records and Karl O’Connor’s Downwards imprint, who celebrate their 20th anniversary year, and who both feature prominently this week.

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CdV P078 Legowelt special

This week Cabeza de Vaca celebrates the release of Legowelt’s latest album “Crystal Code 2080” released on Crème Organization which arrives amidst a flood of impressive releases from the ever prolific Dutch master on labels such as L.I.E.S. Dekmantel and the Acid Arab series on Versatile. Read more…

CdV P077 Lucy special

The first release on Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefact imprint was his own single “Why don’t you change?” which in retrospect sounds like both a manifesto and an ultimatum to electronic music. Read more…

CdV P076 Príncipe and African electro special

The nucleus of the Príncipe label may be in Lisbon, but the music they release is perhaps best described as “community music”. Read more…

CdV P075 Deadbeat and Paul St Hilaire special

Canadian producer Scott Monteith has long been one of the best dub and dub techno producers and Paul St Hilaire (aka the artist formerly known as Tikiman) is a living legend amongst reggae vocalists. Read more…

CdV P074 Terrence Dixon special

Techno has always had a close relationship with anonymity, but there are not many artists who can claim to be unknown after 20 years in the business despite always remaining in full sight. Detroit’s Terrence Dixon is one of the few. Read more…

CdV P073 Actress special

This week’s show features a motley collection of unpredictable and unclassifiable electronica from Torsten Pröfrock’s classic “No. 8” to new tracks from Patten, Forest Swords and Ricardo Donoso. Read more…

CdV P072: Delsin special

It is almost 20 years since Amsterdam based label Delsin lifted off with a cassette release from label founder Peel Seamus in 1996. Early this year they celebrated their 100th release with a monster 5 LP box set with exclusive tracks from some of the world’s best artists. This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we trace the label’s humble story from the early days as a more eclectic electronica label through to its current day status as one of the most consistent and innovative forces in techno. Read more…

CdV P071: Moodymann special

Few artists have left an instant impact that has lasted so long. But there are few artists like Detroit’s Kenneth Dixon JR, aka Moodymann. From his techno influenced debut in album 1997 on Carl Craig’s label Planet E to his most recent and self-titled jazz-house masterpiece on his own label KDJ label he has consistently delivered something new and innovative in a city that thrives on creativity, even as it files for bankruptcy. This week we unravel some of the themes running through the work of Moodymann and the complicated web of character and setting that set his most recent work apart from the imitators.

 

CdV P071: Especial de Moodymann

Pocos artistas han dejado un impacto inmediato que ha durado tanto tiempo. Pero son pocos los artistas como Kenneth Dixon JR de Detroit, alias Moodymann. Desde su debut álbum influenciado por el Detroit techno en 1997 en el sello Planet E de Carl Craig a su más reciente y homónimo obra maestra de jazz-house en su propia sello KDJ siempre ha ofrecido constantemente algo nuevo e innovador en una ciudad que destaca por la creatividad, así como que se declara en bancarrota. Esta semana vamos a desentrañar algunos de los temas que atraviesan la obra de Moodymann y la complicada red de carácter y escenario que estableció su más reciente trabajo, aparte de los imitadores.

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CdV P070: Modern Love and Andy Stott

Since 2002 the Manchester based label Modern Love has represented a sort of litmus test of where current electronica is at. With the restless and predatory curiosity of a cat they have stalked out the forever opening frontiers, shifting from dub techno, to dub step and drum n bass, and then on to knackered house, dark ambient and now noise. But Modern Love has been an innovator of these trends and not a follower. One of their most lauded artists is Andy Stott who has been behind some of the most seminal albums and new sounds, over the last few years. This week we share the respect between the two, focusing on some new releases from label and some essential remixes from Andy Stott.

 

CdV P070: Modern Love y Andy Stott

 

Desde 2002, el sello Modern Love con base en Manchester ha representado una especie de prueba de fuego de donde la electrónica actual se encuentra. Con la curiosidad inquieta y depredadora de un gato han acechado a las fronteras que se abren continuamente, cambiando desde el dub techno, a dub step y drum n bass, y luego a knackered house, dark ambient y ahora noise. Pero Modern Love siempre ha sido un innovador de estas tendencias y no un seguidor. Uno de sus artistas más aclamados es Andy Stott quien ha estado detrás de algunos de los álbumes más seminales y los sonidos nuevos en los últimos años. Esta semana compartimos el respeto entre los dos, se centra en algunos de los nuevos lanzamientos del sello y algunos remixes esenciales de Andy Stott.

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CdV P069: L.I.E.S. vs M-O-S special

Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM kick off 2014 with double special featuring the best of two maverick labels. Read more…

CdV P068: Best of 2013 – electronica

One of the most notable trends in electronic music in 2013 was the dominant impact of albums from artists working in left field and ambient-leaning electronica. It seemed that a great number of artists fully assimilated into the album concept and delivered masterpiece works that used the format to all its strengths while pushing themselves to unleash their sound in more unpredictable ways. Read more…

CdV P067: Best of 2013 – House

2013 found house stretched to the limit. At one extreme are artists like Ex-Pylon and the roster of 100% Silk making ecstatic, rough-edged and casual lo-fi tracks, while at the other end Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie amongst others purvey a more glamorous and commercial style with bigger bass and straighter edges. Read more…

CdV P066: Best of 2013 – Bass music

Bass music, drum n bass, dubstep, grime, footwork, whatever you want to call it was by far the most interesting part of electronic music in 2013. There was always a new surprise or another stand out album around the corner. Read more…

CdV P065: Best of 2013 – Techno

The first of four shows rounding up electronic music in 2013 starting with techno. Read more…

CdV P064: Electronica special

It is the last of our normal shows this week before we start a four part round-up of the best of 2013. We start with Roly Porter’s epic and dramatic track “Gravity” before turning down a cul-de-sac of experimental beat collages from _moonraker, Objekt and Diskotopia boss BD1982. Daniel Avery and Vester Koza steady the ship with some dreamy and trance-inspired techno and finally we close off with two tracks from Young Echo and Machinedrum that distort and rejuvenate the conventions of the vocal-pop song that feed nicely into Spanish artist Warmth’s chill out piece. Read more…

CdV P063: Marcel Dettmann special

Another artist this week who doesn’t need too much introduction. Marcel Dettmann, the East German-born and bred producer has long been at the top of the game with his world renowned and often lengthy DJ sets honed to perfection on the legendary Berghain sound system. Production-wise, Dettmann has made a name as a remixer, but it was only in 2013 that his original material began to live up to the high level expected of him with several solid 12”s and an adept and determined second album on Ostgut Ton.

 

CdV P063: Especial de Marcel Dettmann

 

Otro artistas esta semana que no necesita demasiada introducción. Marcel Dettmann, el productor nacido y criado  en el este alemán ha sido durante mucho tiempo en la parte superior del juego con su mundo renombre y, a menudo largas sesiones de DJ perfeccionado en el legendario sistema de sonido de Berghain. Pero de sus producciónes Dettmann ha hecho un nombre como remixer, pero fue sólo en 2013 que su material original comenzó a vivir de acuerdo con el alto nivel que se espera de él con varios 12 “s sólidos, y un segundo álbum adepto y determinado en Ostgut Ton.

 

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CdV P062: Lawrence special

Not quite the grand special that such a prolific, consistent and influential artist such as Lawrence probably deserves, but being the end of the year we have to make way for the last of the new from 2013. But there is still time for a preview of something from Lawrence’s sixth and latest album “Films and Windows”, a recent single, as well as some of the standout work from his contemporaries in the field of deep house.

 

CdV P062: Especial de Lawrence

 

No es el gran especial que un artista tan prolífico, consistente e influyente como Lawrence probablemente merece, pero al ser el final del año tenemos que dar paso a la última de lo nuevo de 2013. Pero todavía hay tiempo para una vista previa de algo del sexto y último disco de Lawrence “Films and Windows”, una reciente single, así como algunos de los trabajos destacado de sus contemporáneos en el campo de deep house.

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